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The Dreamers (2003)

NC-17  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  20 February 2004 (USA)
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A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

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Storyline

Paris, spring 1968. While most students take the lead in the May 'revolution', a French poet's twin son Theo and daughter Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. As film buffs they meet and 'adopt' modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence. A sexual threesome shakes their rapport, yet only the outside reality will break it up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Innocents  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£117,181 (UK) (6 February 2004)

Gross:

$83,175 (Brazil) (10 December 2004)
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First film since Orgazmo (1997) that was released theatrically in the US with a NC-17 rating. Even with its NC-17 rating, major theater circuits like Regal and AMC agreed to show this film. See more »

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[first lines]
Matthew: The first time I saw a movie at the cinématèque française I thought, "Only the French... only the French would house a cinema inside a palace."
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(1956)
Written by Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire
(c) S.E.M.I. Paris
Performed by Édith Piaf
Licensed Courtesy of EMI Recorded Music
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More like penance than entertainment
20 June 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Two interminably pretentious Parisians (Eva Green and Louis Garrel) and one detestable American (Michael Pitt) are cinephiles who decide to shack up in Rich Daddy's bohemian French apartment for a binge of sex, alcohol, more sex and rambling philosophy. After an hour, the effect is gross boredom.

The film's supposedly "erotic" NC-17-rated sex scenes were touted as a good reason to see this turgid rubbish. Yes, we do see some penises and we do see Green's dull vagina, but these characters are so crushingly vapid that the care factor is less than zero.

The film does have a political backdrop and it does use clips from old French and Hollywood classics to underline and parallel the central story, but it all comes across as empty because nobody thought to give these ghastly characters anything to do or want.

Spending almost two hours with them felt like penance.


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